We asked around. Here are the French restaurants you should be eating at. Bon appetit!

Le Cabanon

 

 

Marine Qotbi, Business Development Manager for IHC, Italthai Hospitality Company

“My favourite restaurant is Le Cabanon. The restaurant is located in an old Thai house that seems like a small French cottage. The speciality of chef Martine Pailloux is the seafood and to be honest her lobster is a must-taste! Simply but perfectly cooked in the oven and served with an incredible lobster bisque sauce. Even the seafood platter is amazing and comes with four different kinds of sauce, from the traditional shallots vinegar to the aioli, which is so good you can eat it alone with bread! The prices are fair regarding to the quality and the quantity which is huge!”

 


Le Cabanon

 

 

Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier, Executive Chef of Le Normandie

“My favorite French restaurant in town is Le Cabanon, I really enjoy the seafood in particular there because it’s always fresh. Of course, I truly enjoy my choice of seafood with any French Sauvignon Blanc—it’s the perfect balance. Le Cabanon has a comfortable family ambiance, therefore I love taking my family there. Also the restaurant owner is very friendly which feels even more welcoming.”

 


J’Aime
 

 

Jonathan Valdman, Head Baker at Amantee Bakery

J’aime is definitely my favorite place to celebrate when we want to eat French food. However, I can't say I have a favorite French restaurant or dish because it all depends on the occasion. It always involves feelings of being with my family, my wife and my friends. A relaxing afternoon at Le Cabanon could be the best place to spend time contemplating ideas for the bakery with my wife. And definitively a good glass of wine is my most common drink when I'm eating in a French restaurant.”

 


Loulou Forks & Glasses
 

 

Agate Wak, Sales Account Manager at Khiri Travel Thailand

“If I have to choose one restaurant in Bangkok it would be Loulou Forks and Glasses on Suan Phlu Soi 8, without hesitation, mostly for the beef tartare prepared with a knife. This very traditional French dish was already one of my favorites in France, but it’s not easy to find a really good one when you become an expat. Served with a green salad and homemade French fries, it’s a piece of France in your plate. The price is more than friendly and the portion is perfect, you cannot eat any more after this dish! And the little bonus is the fantastic tropical backyard where you feel out of time and out of Bangkok. Thanks to chef Xavier [Fauvel] for reminding me of France’s sweet flavors!”

 


El Mercado

 

 

Aline Massart, Vice President Marketing for Red Planet Hotels

My favorite place to eat is, without a doubt, El Mercado. The lively atmosphere in their cozy courtyard is unlike anywhere else in Bangkok. The fresh imported seafood is amazing– especially the oysters! Not to mention that their selection of cold cuts and cheese is one of the most impressive in the city. I usually go for their lamb rack, the sardine barbeque, or their “Aligot”, which makes me nostalgic for my mother's cooking.  There aren't many places in Bangkok with as much quality imported food (and wine!) as El Mercado with such affordable prices!”

 


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Delphine Thouvenot, AFP Bureau Chief (Journalist)

“My favorite place is El Mercado.The French mussels are my favorite dish. All their seafood, including oysters, are imported from Europe daily and have that cold sea seafood taste which is completely different from Thai. So, it’s not a very environmentally-friendly choice, but the taste of home is very nostalgic. They have excellent cold cuts and cheese also, which you can even order platters for events. Excellent Spanish wines too. The location is very nice, with a small yard that has French radio playing. The clientele is very international now, not only French. I also enjoy dining at Rendez-vous du Lys on Nanglinchee, which does excellent meat, snails and andouillette. They have a nice garden where you can have lunch or dinner in the shade and also play petanque.”

 


J'aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
 

 

Regis Levy, Editor at Le Petit Journal

“I really love going to El Mercado to enjoy the succulent dishes that Axel Aroussi and his wife Griselda are serving there. These two passionate activists of the gastronomic scene are in perpetual quest of new foodstuff, provided by producers as demanding as they are. A dinner in the relaxed atmosphere of their patio is unique in Bangkok and it takes me back to the sweetness of French summer evenings. The freshness of the seafood platter reminds me of the iodized scent of our Atlantic coast and the delicious Saucisse de Montbéliard aux lentilles is to die for with a glass or two of biodynamic Chassagne Montrachet “Vieilles vignes” from Burgundy. Another place I like is Bacchus & Co, a typical bistro a la Francaise where I can do something so French: eat frog legs "a la provençale" and, every first Wednesday of the month, couscous royal, a very popular dish due to the history between France and Morocco. Of course, if we are talking about French gastronomy, I love J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain!

 


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Marie Ramlie, Head of Retail Products, TMB Bank

“I would say my favorite place is JP Restaurant because it is authentic home cooking that they make 100-percent comme le maison [like home]. The atmosphere is simple and resembles a local restaurant you would find in any French city with a chef that is engaged and present to control the quality served to customers. The frog legs, in my grandma’s style, are the highlight! Not my favorite dish but the execution is right with flavors that give me memories of family time. The atmosphere, good dishes and restaurant decoration make JP the spot for a good old meal from home. For the fine dining route, I would definitely have to choose J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain. It is a beautiful high-end place with modern atmosphere. The service is excellent and we love going there for special occasions.”


Essentials

Bacchus & Co, 150 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-258-0259
Le Cabanon, 44 Akhan Songkhro Soi 3, 092-568-0444
J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, U Sathorn Bangkok, Sathorn Soi 1, 02-119-4899
JP Restaurant, 59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-258-4247
Loulou Forks and Glasses, 459/61 Suanphlu Soi 8, 095-496-1142
El Mercado, 490 Soi Phai Singto, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 099-0783444
Rendez-vous du Lys, 148/11 Nanglinchee Soi 6, 02-077-5453